Rethinking retirement, the golden years – The Boston Globe

The reality of retirement in America circa 2013 is nothing like the idealized image of decades past. Every day in this country about 10,000 people turn 65. And rather than basking in the sun in some pricey exotic locale, many of them are struggling to make ends meet. In 2011, the median income for people 65 and older was $27,707 for men and $15,362 for women. That same year, almost 3.6 million elderly people — nearly 1 in 10 — were living below the poverty line. The recent recession hit baby boo


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